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Alaa Hamdon discusses Mosul Book Bridge on BBC Radio 4

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Alaa Hamdon welcomes the first consignment of new books from Book Aid International to Mosul Library in 2018.

YAS member Dr Alaa Hamdon has detailed the work being done by YAS and partners at University College London and Book Aid International to rebuild and restock Mosul University Library on BBC Radio 4’s live arts programme, Front Row.

Mosul University, where Alaa researches and lecturers as an Earthquake Analyst, was one of the first institutions targeted by IS after their occupation of Mosul in 2014.  Its University Library, which housed over a million books, including historical documents over 300 years old was sacked and later burned completely.

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Young Academies Release Statement in Response to ‘Plan S’ on Open Access of Scientific Output

Publicly funded research output should neither be hidden behind paywalls nor be a ‘pay-to-publish’ game. This is one of the core tenets of the Position Statement titled ‘Opportunities and Challenges for Implementing Plan S – The View of Young Academies’, which is the result of discussions among several European young academies and the Global Young Academy (GYA). The joint Statement was released on 15 October 2018.
According to the Statement, ‘We consider Plan S as a bold step that has the potential to be a game-changer in making European science open and setting an example globally on how publicly funded research is published, in particular its requirement that the copyright remains with the author and that licences adhere to the Berlin Declaration.’

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The Global Young Academy is looking for a new Managing Director

Our friends at The Global Young Academy (GYA) are looking for a new Managing Director (MD) to lead the GYA Office hosted at the BBAW in Berlin, Germany. The position is available from 1 September 2016 with a fixed-term contract and the possibility to be extended. The deadline for applications is 17 April 2016.

The GYA empowers early-career researchers to lead international and interdisciplinary initiatives and projects, and to engage in intergenerational dialogue by developing and mobilizing talent from six continents. Our purpose is to promote reason and inclusiveness in global decision-making.

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YAS members contribute to "Fresh scientific eyes on the refugee crisis"

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On 10-11 December 2015, the Global Young Academy (GYA) and the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts will hold an interdisciplinary young experts meeting in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on the refugee crisis to develop a vision document based on the latest evidence. The goal of this meeting on "Fresh Scientific Eyes on the Refugee Crisis" is to provide policy-makers and committed citizens with key insights and potential approaches to address aspects of the current refugee crisis.

YAS member Karly Kehoe, who is also a member of the GYA is involved in organising this meeting.  Another YAS member Jeffrey Murer, will participate and represent YAS at this conference.

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European young academies award prizes for answers to the question: "Who Gets Carried Away by Europe?"

A Question for Europe, a joint project between YAS and six other European young academies, has announced the winners of its competition, “Who Gets Carried Away by Europe?”

The competition, which was supported by the Commerzbank Foundation, encouraged participants to answer the question “who gets carried away by Europe?” by submitting any type of creative response; academic, literary, musical, photographic, and audio-visual submissions were accepted.

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After completing a BA in History at UCL and some further years working in Europe and Asia, Miranda returned home to complete her MSc, PhD and several fellowships at the University of Edinburgh. She is now an Honorary Fellow of the University of Edinburgh and an Anniversary Fellow in Philosophy and Literature at the University of Stirling.

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18 March 2019
Alaa Hamdon welcomes the first consignment of new books from Book Aid International to Mosul Library...